Arno was given stewardship of the Café Théâtre. He explored the building to discover how to improve it.
After entering the Café Théâtre, Arno was approached by Charlotte Gouze.
- Gouze: Something I can help you with?
- Arno: What is this place?
- Gouze: It connects to the sanctuary. Less flashy than the Sainte-Chapelle entrance, but we own the building. Used to be part of our intelligence network. But the place has fallen on hard times...
- Arno: How can I help?
- Gouze: I'll keep an ear out for any opportunities that come up. You might also speak to the intendant about renovating the building itself.
- Arno: I'm not exactly flushed with coin just now.
- Gouze: Any revenues the café generates are yours to do with as you see fit. The money is deposited in the chest in the study. And the more improvements you make...
- Arno: The more revenue.
- Gouze: Quite. You might also find that expanding our reach into other districts will pay dividends.
- Arno: (Thanks.)
Arno collected the café's income from the chest. He then went upstairs to the training room, and was met by Augustin Grisier.
- Grisier: Here for a fight, monsieur?
- Arno: Come again?
- Grisier: A training match, that is. An Assassin can never be too well-prepared.
- Arno: Isn't our mandate to work in the shadows? Stay undetected and all that?
- Grisier: Call this the fallback option. Better to practice here in safety than pick a fight with ruffians in the streets, no?
- Arno: Touché.
Arno entered the club hall below the Café, and was met by Hervé Quemar.
- Quemar: Welcome to the Assassin clubhouse, monsieur.
- Arno: I assume these quarters aren't open to the public.
- Quemar: No indeed. This is a private clubhouse for our brother and sister Assassins.
- Arno: Because belonging to just one secret society is passé?
- Quemar: Hm. Certain missions are too much for any one Assassin to take on alone. In those instances, many prefer to work with the same team consistently. You develop a sense of each other's strengths and weaknesses, an understanding of what each will do in a crisis. Keeping a club makes it easier to organize such teams.
- Arno: I suppose that's better than rousting whoever happens to on hand.
- Quemar: Quite so.
Arno found a vault containing a set of armor.
- Quemar: Impressive, no?
- Arno: What is it?
- Quemar: An heirloom of the Brotherhood. That armor was worn by Thomas de Carneillon.
- Arno: I have no earthly idea who that is.
- Quemar: He led the raid that captured Jacques de Molay. Broke the Templars' power in Europe for over a century. It used to be that an Assassin who did a great service for the Brotherhood and for France would be given his armor in thanks. The seal that opens the vault was lost two hundred years ago - it hasn't been opened since.
- Arno: I can see why calling a locksmith was out of the question. Tell me about this seal.
- Quemar: It consisted of three rings: one for each of the three doors. But the seal was broken before it was lost - the fragments are no doubt scattered around Paris, with only the vaguest clues as to their whereabouts.
- Arno: And if someone were to find all of them? Would you say that he had done a great service for the Brotherhood and France?
- Quemar: I suppose I would, at that.
Arno explored the Café Théâtre, and learned of opportunities to improve it.